Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Diboron(5) Compounds and Their Conversion to Diboron(5) Cations

Jessica Cid, Alexander Hermann, James E. Radcliffe, Liam D. Curless, Holger Braunschweig*, Michael J. Ingleson

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Abstract

Reaction of the bis-catecholatodiboron-NHC adducts B2Cat2(NHC) (NHC = IMe (tetramethylimidazol-2-ylidene), IMes (1,3-dimesitylimidazol-2-ylidene), IDIPP (1,3-bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene)) with BCl3 results in the replacement of the catecholato group bound to the four-coordinate boron atom with two chlorides to yield diboron(5) Lewis acid-base adducts of the formula CatBBCl2(NHC). These compounds are precursors to diboron(5) monocations, accessed by adding AlCl3 or K[B(C6F5)4] as halide abstraction agents in the presence of a Lewis base. The substitution of the chlorides of CatBBCl2(NHC) for hydrides was achieved using Bu3SnH and a halide abstracting agent to form 1,1-dihydrodiboron(5) compounds, CatBBH2(NHC). Attempts to generate diboron(4) monocations of formula [CatBB(Y)(NHC)]+ (Y = Cl, H) led to the rapid formation of CatBY.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1992-1998
Number of pages7
JournalOrganometallics
Volume37
Issue number12
Early online date5 Jun 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2018

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